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Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 10:08

The Department of Health has given the go-ahead for patients on antiretroviral treatment (ART) to be given three months supply of medicines instead of one month. The TAC and SECTION27 welcome this decision. It will be more convenient for patients because they will have to make fewer trips to their health facility. It will also reduce patient-load on the health system, particularly on health facility pharmacies given the shortage of pharmacists in the public health system.

Joint TAC/SECTION27 statement

6 July 2010

The Department of Health has given the go-ahead for...

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Tuesday, 6 July 2010 - 15:47

TAC is saddened by the loss of our long standing comrade, Vuyani Jacobs. Vuyani joined TAC after being diagnosed with HIV while working in the Eastern Cape. He later moved to Cape Town and worked as an organizer for TAC. Vuyani continued to fight for the rights of people living with HIV at Community Media Trust, where he became the Deputy Director. Vuyani was an activist, brother, colleague, mentor and friend to many of us.

 

 

TAC is saddened by the loss of our long standing comrade, Vuyani Jacobs. Vuyani joined TAC after being diagnosed with HIV while working in...

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Thursday, 1 July 2010 - 20:56

On 19 May 2010, the North Gauteng High Court handed down its judgment in this case which considered a challenge by Aurobindo – a local subsidiary of a major Indian-based generics manufacturer – to its disqualification from participating in the 2008 efavirenz tender. Efavirenz is a key ARV medicine that is used by over two-thirds of people accessing ARV treatment in the public sector.

In his judgment, Justice Prinsloo came to the conclusion “that there was a lack of procedural fairness in the process”.[2] In other words, Aurobindo should not have been disqualified from participating...

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Thursday, 1 July 2010 - 20:47

During the 1990s and early 2000s generic competition drove down the prices of ARVs. Without these massive price reductions, nearly a million additional people would be dead or dying now in South Africa. In 2005 many generic producing countries, including India, became TRIPS compliant. This means that medicines developed since 1995 cannot as easily be produced by generic companies operating in India.

Pressure is being applied by the European Union on the Indian government to sign a bilateral trade agreement that will further stifle competition on essential medicines still under...

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